Just one day after the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) announced new dates for the staging of the 2014 World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), a petition has been posted online opposing the idea and asking for a change to the original date.
The petition which has been posted on Change.Org is asking for the 18th Edition of the popular Festival to be hosted on the originally scheduled date of October 31st to November 2nd 2014.
On Thursday the DDA announced that 18th edition of the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) was advanced to October 24 – 26, 2014.
“In keeping with the theme of integrating the World Creole Music Festival with Dominica’s Independence celebrations, the date for the Festival was advanced one week prior to the originally scheduled date of the last weekend in October,” the DDA said. “It is felt that this move will allow for a seamless transition between the two activities which showcases Dominica’s rich cultural heritage.”
But according to the petition posted by someone who used the name “Dominican Abroad,” many in the diaspora have already secured plans and made financial commitments to the original date.
“It will be very costly to adjust. That money is better spent supporting the locals,” the petition said.
Another reason given for keeping the original date is that many working individuals on island will, “most likely not be paid in time to fully enjoy the event if it is pushed a week in advance.”
“Leaving the date as is would allow many, who in recent years haven’t been able to enjoy Creole in the Park – Creole Festival – Independence Parade all at once to get the opportunity to do so,” according to the petition.
The site did not say when the petition will be sent to the DDA.
Attempts to get a reaction from officials at the DDA proved futile on Friday.
The official launch of the Festival is scheduled to take place in July.